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The first trailer for Darkest Hour, the drama about Winston Churchill’s first days as Prime Minister of Great Britain on the eve of World War II, is set to arrive tomorrow. A new photo (showing off an impressively transformed Gary Oldman) and the new official synopsis can be found below.
Darkest Hour is the latest film from director Joe Wright, a filmmaker who has made awards-friendly dramas (Atonement), kick-ass action movies (Hanna) and, uh, Pan. Darkest Hour finds him taking on Winston Churchill, one of the most important leaders of the 20th century and a man so rife with contradictions that he probably couldn’t exist as a “fictional” character. But this is no biopic, as the official synopsis makes it clear that this film will follow a very specific window of his life:
A thrilling and inspiring true story begins on the eve of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.
Focus Features will release Darkest Hour in limited release on November 22, 2017, just in time for Oscar season. And with Gary Oldman vanishing under prosthetics to play Churchill, you can bet that all eyes will be on his performance. We’ll have to wait until tomorrow’s trailer to see how the performance looks in action, but it certainly looks like a startling transformation in the promotional stills.
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